Google is shutting down Speak (often known as GChat) for good — its instant-messaging service you in all probability haven’t used a lot since 2007 (through Android Police). Though Google migrated Speak customers over to Google Hangouts in 2017 — one other one in every of its now-sidelined messaging platforms — it was nonetheless accessible by third-party XMPP purchasers like Pidgin and Gajim.
However Google will lower these final strains of life help on June sixteenth — three days from now. In a message on Speak’s help web page, Google says it’s “winding down Google Speak” and can not help third-party apps, citing its preliminary announcement in 2017. Customers who attempt to signal into GChat after the sixteenth will see a sign-in error. In the event you nonetheless wish to use Pidgin by means of Google providers, Pidgin recommends utilizing this plugin for Google Chat as an alternative.
Google Speak emerged in 2005 as a means for customers to ship instantaneous messages instantly by means of Gmail. It later expanded to voice and video calls and even allowed for group chats. Google discontinued the service in 2017 in favor of Hangouts, a messaging service launched in 2014 that Google was highlighting on the time.
However in typical Google vogue, it simply needed to change issues for customers as soon as once more, rebranding Hangouts Chat to Google Chat in 2020 after which changing the unique Hangouts with Google Chat for Workspace customers earlier this yr. Hangouts remains to be obtainable on the internet free of charge Google Account customers, however they’ll additionally see warnings that “Hangouts goes away quickly,” with hyperlinks pushing them over to Google Chat.
Google’s encouraging individuals who accessed Google Speak by means of third-party apps to transition to Google Chat — however don’t get too comfy. If previous historical past is any indication, then it received’t be lengthy till Google shifts its messaging focus with yet one more new service or rebrand.